“10 Years (Simply Me)”

10 Years (Simply Me) is an instrumental song I wrote in September 2011, when I moved to London for a year. It was the first time I lived abroad, by myself, and I was adapting to a completely different environment.

The idea came out all of a sudden, during a long night of unrest. While I was reading a letter that my previous girlfriend sent me, I developed a feeling of nostalgia and solitude. So I picked up my guitar and started to play a slow, intimate melody, which was supposed to reflect my mood.

To capture that moment, I recorded this song on my telephone, and left it there for a long time. Only in 2021, 10 years after I wrote this song, I have been able to record it properly. This is why the title of the song is 10 Years. Simply Me refers to the moment it came out, when I was feeling extremely fragile and intimidated by being alone in a new, challenging reality.

An important source of inspiration for this song has been Massimo Varini, a famous Italian guitar player who I had the pleasure to study with for a year, right before writing this song. He released several acoustic albums, among which “My Sides” deeply influenced me and the composition of this song.

If you are interested in the making of the song, here is a short video about the original idea of the song.